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### Calculations

• 59996 + 8003
• 559 - 256
• 255 x 36
• 25% of 560
• 45 x
• 0.16 x 23.66
• 266

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## Answers

Here are some possible solutions though of course there are many more:
59996 + 8006 = 59995 + 8007
559 - 256 = 558 - 255
255 x 36 = 255 x 18 x 2
25% of 560 = 0.5 x 280
45 x 1/6 = 45 ÷ 2 ÷ 3
0.16 x 23.66 = 0.08 x 47.32
266 = 13 x 13 x 13 x 13 x 13 x 13 x 32 x 2

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